There are many things you can do to improve your productivity. And it’s not always just about working longer. It’s also about working smarter. Here are a few ideas:
1. Establish priorities
Often people tackle tasks as they arise, essentially in chronological order. But to really be more productive with the things that count, you need to set priorities, What are the most important things you need to get done? Tackle them first. Things that are unimportant, cross off your list.
2. Stick to a schedule
For each task, determine how long you are going to spend doing that task. And then stick to the schedule to ensure you work on the things you need to.
3. Keep track of time and record your progress
You cannot improve what you cannot measure, as the old saying goes. So, keep track of the time you spend on your tasks throughout the day. You will probably be surprised at how much time you spend on things that are not really that important.
Record your progress as well. This will give you an idea over time of how well things are going. If you find your progress is not as you would like, you can then make course corrections.
4. Set your own deadlines
Usually, we allow someone else to set deadlines for us. But this usually means we doing just enough to get by. To really enhance your productivity, you need to be proactive and set your own deadlines.
Some people believe they work better when someone else sets the deadlines, that they perform better with the added pressure. But his generally is not true. Studies have shown that when we push off work until close to the deadline, our work is not as good.
5. Stay healthy
This is also very important for productivity. You need to get enough rest and exercise and eat well if you want to as productive as possible. Exercise is crucial. Not only does it prevent a host of diseases, it improves your cognitive function, gives you more energy and improves your mood.
Sleep is necessary as well to keep your mind sharp and functioning at its best.